UK Coastguard is currently responding to a 35ft white motor boat on fire in Ryde Harbour, Isle of Wight.

At 1.30pm today, UK Coastguard received a VHF Radio Broadcast on Channel 16 – the emergency line – reporting that a vessel in Ryde Harbour  with one person on board was on fire.

Bembridge Coastguard Rescue Team and the Ryde Rescue Boat have been sent to the scene, along with the IOW Fire and Rescue Service.

Ryde Harbour Master and Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service have also been informed.

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Firefighters tackle the fire at Deacons Boatyeard. Credit: Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service

Fire at Deacons boatyard

Firefighters are investigating the cause of a blaze which damaged a chandlery building at a Bursledon boatyard last night.

A Coastguard spokesman said: ‘We have received reports that the person on board has made it safely off the boat and is ashore. He is safe and well and does not require medical treatment.

‘We are advising members of the public to keep at a safe distance whilst the emergency services get the fire under control.

‘This is an ongoing incident and we do not have any further information at this time.’

Council warning

The Isle of Wight Council is advising members of the public to stay away from the immediate area of Ryde Harbour following a fire on board a 40ft Sunseeker speedboat.

Harbour staff assisted by Cowes Harbour Commission, Ryde Inshore Rescue and fire crews have been working to contain within the harbour a quantity of diesel which has leaked from the vessel. Anti-pollution booms are being used.

Council staff are on site to advise the public to keep away from the area of the harbour, both immediately onshore and offshore. Harbour users are also being notified.

It is understood no one was injured in the fire on board the vessel, which has now been put out by firefighters.

The council is working with the owner of the speedboat to have it removed from the harbour area.